Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Focused Top to Bottom

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Focused Top to Bottom

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NEW YORK - In the scouting meeting before Monday's series opener against Colorado, the Mets' coaching staff highlighted the Rockies' previous series against Washington.

The Rockies are one of baseball's worst teams but they had just taken two of three from the Nationals, and Mets manager Terry Collins didn't want a similar result at Citi Field.

"Don't take anybody for granted," Collins said. "They beat the Nationals and they saved us from losing a couple of games [in the standings] when we lost in Tampa. Let's get after it.

"And we did."

In a display that showcased why the Mets have emerged as a true playoff contender they completed a four-game sweep of the Rockies by winning Thursday's finale, 12-3. Curtis Granderson, Kelly Johnson and Juan Lagares each had three RBI.

Noah Syndergaard (7-6) allowed three runs in seven innings, as the Mets (63-52) moved to a season-high 11 games above .500 for the first time since 2010.

"On paper, if you should win the game - you should win those games," outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "We did."

Armed with a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East heading into this four-game set, the Mets had a great opportunity to build their cushion against the Nationals.

While Washington is on the West Coast playing the Dodgers and Giants, the Mets had these four games against the Rockies, and welcome Pittsburgh for a three-game set beginning tonight. Washington trailed by four games heading into their late game Thursday against the Giants.

Only in Monday's series opener did the Mets come close to losing one of these games, but they rallied in the seventh inning that night and set the tone for the series.

The Rockies grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Syndergaard allowed a pair of solo homers, but the Mets responded with three runs in their half of the inning.

Daniel Murphy, Juan Uribe and Johnson delivered one-out RBI doubles in succession to give the Mets a 3-2 lead against Eddie Butler, who they tattooed for six runs in four innings. …

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